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1: Launch Day?

Hey! Welcome back to my series of seven daily blog posts on the run up to Dicey Dungeon’s launch! This one’s a bit overdue, as the game actually launched, uh, *checks watch* three months ago. Ah. Well, let’s have a news update and catch up on everything that’s happened! I barely know where to start.


Dicey Dungeons is out now!

Well, let’s start here I guess! In collaboration with my amazing team, I am so proud to present Dicey Dungeons, out now! You can buy it on Steam or Itch.io at the following links:

[Buy now on Steam]
[Buy now on Itch.io]


It did really, really well

…I still don’t really know how to talk about all this. That’s actually why this blog post is so late. I kept trying to write it and getting nowhere.

I tried to keep my expectations low – I’m really proud of this game, but there have been so many indiepocalypse stories in the last few years that I was nervous that it all might go wrong. And I, uh, took some risks. I blew a huge chunk of my Super Hexagon and VVVVVV savings to make this. I was quietly hoping it would do ok, but really I was just hoping that at the very least it wouldn’t end up being a total disaster.

What actually ended up happening is that it shot right past those quiet hopes, and massively exceeded my wildest ones – it’s been by far the biggest and most successful launch of my career. Within just its first month, Dicey Dungeons outsold the lifetime sales of my previous two games on Steam combined.

I might have more to say about all this when more time has passed. I’m probably not the best person to talk about business stuff, to be honest. I do think we did a lot of things right – going to expos, reaching out to press and streamers, cultivating a community on our discord. I think it’s worth talking about that and sharing that knowledge, and I hope to do it at some point in the future. But also, we owe a lot to Lady Luck. We’re really, really lucky to have been this successful, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fully explain how we did it.


We won the Indiecade Grand Jury prize

This came as a pretty huge shock, to say the least. We were all really, really honoured by this, and it meant a lot to me personally <3 This was my third time as an Indiecade finalist – VVVVVV won the “Most Fun and Compelling Game” award in 2010, which was huge for me, and At a Distance was a finalist in 2011 – but winning the grand prize? That’s something I thought would never happen.


We’ve been updating the game, like, a lot

Since the game came out three months ago, we’ve released six updates, and we’ve also released a free DLC, the Halloween Special!

When Super Hexagon came out in 2012, I immediately moved on to a different project, and I really regret doing that. It was bad for Super Hexagon, and it was bad for the other project too – I was too exhausted from the stress of releasing that game to really get into anything else, and I ended up just resenting the amount of time it was taking to work on necessary things like bug fix updates and ports. That period of working on the PC port and fixing iphone bugs was actually more stressful than the launch.

With Dicey Dungeons, I’ve thought about this a lot, and I’ve decided to do what I wish I’d done with Super Hexagon: to have a long cool down period of maintenance work. For the foreseeable future, I’m gonna try to work normal hours, and just focus on making sure that this game is as good as it can be. I wanna start taking more time off, to actually play games and to relax and take care of myself and rest up a bit and actually figure out what’s next for me, instead of rushing into something new. I’m basically planning to keep working like this, making Dicey Dungeons as good as I can, until I can’t think of anything else that needs to be done.

The next update planned is v1.7, which will be shifting focus to modding support for a while (which is already pretty cool, as the Halloween Special shows!). As well as that, I’m also thinking about how we can do some more big updates… We’re not doing anything for Christmas – it’s too soon, and we need a break – but hopefully we’ll be doing more stuff like the Halloween Special in future. I’ll be sharing more about all of this in the coming weeks and months!


We’re planning ports

I’m really happy to announce that both Switch and Mobile ports of Dicey Dungeons are underway!

It’s worth saying that these things can take some time to come together, and there’s currently no release date planned. I think we’re talking probably next summer at the earliest. It’s really, really important to me that every port of the game be at an extremely high standard – I don’t want there to be any bad version of the game.

There’s not really much more to say at this point, but when I have something to share, I will! Probably the first step towards this that people will see will be improved touch controls on the PC version, and well as keyboard and joypad controls as we figure out the best way to make this work on a Switch! Am really excited to see this all come together!

I think that’s everything for now. Thanks so much to everyone reading for your support! Excited about the next steps <3

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Constellation

Presenting, Constellation! Commissioned and created for Now Play This 2017.

Type stuff in, see what happens! You can play it right now in your browser at justtypestuff.com.

Constellation was made for running at parties and events! If you’re interested in showing it at a public event, let me know! I might even add some words for you!

[Play Online at justtypestuff.com]

[Download on itch.io]

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Tiny Heist

Released in the last hour of 2016, I present: Tiny Heist! Scale the tower, avoid patrol bots and reach the rooftop with as many gems as you can find!

You can play Tiny Heist online here, or grab the downloadable versions!

[Play Online (Flash)]

[Download for Windows] | [Download for OSX]
[Source Code]

It’s also available to download on itch.io, or to play online on Kongregate and Newgrounds!

Some stray thoughts in no particular order:

  • This will probably be my last flash game. Oh well! Flash had a good run for me – 2008 to 2017 is a long time for a technology to stick around these days! In future, I plan to release my games primarily as HTML5 and desktop versions.
  • On that note, you can try out an experimental HTML5 version of Tiny Heist here! It’s still a little buggy and runs slower than it should, so I’m not including it “officially” above. I built Tiny Heist in my own framework Haxegon, which I’m actively working on, and which should hopefully speed up a lot as time goes on.
  • One of the big things I wanted out of this game was to learn about roguelike design first hand, and it’s definitely a success on that front. I learnt a lot making this. There’s a lot of stuff in this game that’s kind of a mess – things like timing, level generation, enemy design – but at a certain point it became more important to just finish the thing. Next time I try my hand at this genre should be a lot better, I think.
  • OMG it feels good to have this game finished! It’s been so long since I finished a substantial free game. Recently I’ve been knuckling down pretty hard on a big, serious project, so it was nice to vent and work on something lighter for a while.
  • I scaled this game down a lot to get it finished for the end of the year, but a lot of what I love about the project is still in there, though some of it buried very deep. I hope you enjoy playing it and discovering its secrets!
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Constellation Machine

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Little thing I made over the weekend for a game jam:

[Play Online (Flash)]

[Download for Windows] | [Download for OSX] | [Download for Linux]

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Copycat

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Something small for Ludum Dare.

[Play Online (Flash)]

[Download for Windows] | [Download for OSX] | [Download for Linux]
[Ludum Dare Page] | [Source Code]

Turn based action game.

Defeat enemies to absorb their power.

Destroy the mimic crystal to ascend.

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GRAB THEM BY THE EYES

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A game inspired by a trip to New York last year!

[Play Online (Flash)]

[Download for Windows] | [Download for OSX] | [Download for Linux]
[Source Code]

This took a lot longer than planned, and over the last couple of weeks I’ve had some extremely helpful feedback from lots of people. Special thanks especially to Holly Gramazio, Josh Hadley, Stephen Lavelle, and Sophie Sampson for feedback and chats, and Robert Yang, Andrew Yoder, Richard Perrin, Guilherme Töws, James Andrews, Farbs, Jonathan Whiting, Bennett Foddy, Bean, Bateleur, Jonathan Prior, ellaguro, and Harry Giles for playtesting and suggestions!

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Moving Stories

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A short game I made this month with Stephen Lavelle.

[Play Online (Flash)]
[download source code]

(note: contains some NSFW content)

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Outer Space

Hey everyone! I have lots of big annoucements about VVVVVV today, so let’s get to it!

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VVVVVV: Make and Play Edition

Let’s start with what I consider the really important thing – inspired by things like Knytt Stories and DROD: Architect’s Edition, I’m releasing a special build of VVVVVV on Windows, Mac and Linux today. It’s called VVVVVV: Make and Play Edition, and it’s completely free. This version of the game only includes the player levels and the level editor – which means that, from now on, the tools to make and play VVVVVV player levels are completely free.

[Download for Windows]
[Download for Mac] (right click and Save-as)
[Download for Linux] (right click and Save-as)
(last updated 21/10/2016, linux on 19/11/2019)

windows md5sum: 46c4cab865b775850e53ad4ed9228ffb
mac md5sum: 53e503303b0deb5030284c569d235c20
linux md5sum: d8f8bc84c660fd22d039d0adbeea728f

People have done some really incredible things with the VVVVVV editor. I want to share that work as far and wide as I can!

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Lots of new VVVVVV ports

VVVVVV is now available on iPhone, iPad, Android, and OUYA!

These ports have been quite a long time coming! Actually, I originally started the iPhone port before I started Super Hexagon, way back in 2012. So it feels very, very good to finally have it finished, and released. This is something I felt I really had to take on myself – VVVVVV’s important to me, and it was really important to me that this be done right. I wanted the game to be as good as it could be on mobile. I feel very good about how it’s turned out!

You can get it from here:

[VVVVVV for iOS]

[VVVVVV for Android]

[VVVVVV for OUYA]

Nicalis have been working on a Vita port as well – this should be coming out sometime this summmer!

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Super Gravitron

Surprise! Today I’m also releasing another game on iOS and Android: Super Gravitron. It’s a little minigame that you might remember from the end of VVVVVV!

It’s acting as sort of a demo, but mostly I just think it happens to work really well as it’s own thing on mobile. And it’s completely free! Get it here:

[Super Gravitron for iOS]

[Super Gravitron for Android]

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Version 2.2

Thanks to Ethan Lee, VVVVVV on desktop has finally gotten an update! Version 2.2 fixes a bunch of long standing bugs (for example, player level warp lines) and makes the 2.1 changes official (like player maps, coloured text in player levels, editor direct mode, etc).

If you’re on steam, this update also adds achievements! They’re the same ones that VVVVVV always had, except now they’re recognised by steam. If you’ve already got them, log into today and you should get awarded a bunch of them at once, which is extremely satisfying!

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Finally – remember that amazing Metal Medley of VVVVVV music by @FamilyJules7x? Yeah, both Souleye and I were seriously impressed!

Introducing: MMMMMM! A complete Metal cover of the VVVVVV soundtrack! You can pick it up today directly from Souleye!

The soundtrack comes with a mod, which you can install in your player level directory to play the game with the metal soundtrack instead of the original one!

That’s all, everyone! Thanks for playing!

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Maverick Bird

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A Flappy Bird fan game.

[Play online (Flash)]

[Download for Windows]

Thanks for the inspiration, Dong. Looking forward to your next game when things settle down!

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Fountain

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Made a little thing for Ludum Dare.

[Fountain – Play online]

I’ve had this particular idea in one form or another since about 2010, and over the years I’ve made several ill-fated attempts to bring it to life. At last, I think I’ve found an approach that works! I like how it’s turned out – I hope you like it too. I’m happy to finally have it out of my head.

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